Herdsmen Killings: CAN Directs Christians to Embark on Nationwide Protest Sunday

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After the attack on the church, the herdsmen proceeded to shoot residents in the area and set fire to around 50 homes, according to survivor Peter Iorver, whose stepmother had been a victim.

The victims were said to be taking refuge in the church after being displaced by the raging herdsmen crisis in the area.

"The attackers also burnt several houses and farmland, as we speak the entire area has been deserted". The wounded have been transferred to a hospital Makurdi.

Yesterday killings come on the heels of the killing of two (2) priests and 17 worshippers during a burial ceremony in Mbalom, Gwer local government as well as the murder of about 35 persons in Guma, Governor Samuel Ortom home country on Wednesday.

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It is recalled that the marauding Fulani Herdsmen recognized by Nigeria's body of laws as "Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN)" with President Muhammadu Buhari as their grand national patron, had in the early hours of Tuesday, 24April 2018 invaded St Ignatius Catholic Church during its morning mass service and butchered the duo of Rev Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha as well as two catechists and 15 members of the Parish Laity.

CAN called on Chrisians to protest peacefully in churches on Sunday against the killings.

"Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria". No excuse should be given for this wicked act again and perpetrators must be brought to book now.

"CAN notes that the failure of the government to raise an effective campaign against the killings by herdsmen is the reason they have continued to kill, while there is no visible plan to pacify the aggrieved", the statement read.

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"The association also calls on the heads of the security agencies to wake up to their constitutional role of protecting lives and property across the federation while preventing Nigeria from descending into chaos and a lawless country", he said.

The day is to be dedicated "to pray for the freedom and liberty of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls and others still in captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists".

The attack took place near Nigeria's middle belt, where the Muslim north meets the southern Christian area.

If you would like to help persecuted Christians, visit http://morningstarnews.org/resources/aid-agencies/ for a list of organizations that can orient you on how to get involved.

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